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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler
07 Sep 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler

When Hope and Tyler met in high school on a blind date, it wasn’t apparent they would later call each other husband and wife.  “I was painfully shy,” Hope explains.  “He says I didn’t say two words the entire date, until at the end of the night when he tried to open the car door for me and ended up losing his grip and slamming...

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18 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hannah and Dakota

It’s hot outside, but Hannah and Dakota’s January 2nd wedding was a winter wonderland out of a dream.  These two lovebirds fell for each other almost immediately.  “I am loud and very outspoken, Dakota is quiet and reserved.  His sweet demeanor is the perfect balance to my crazy,” says Hannah.  It was an easy decision when they were shopping one day and Dakota said they...

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13 Aug 2016

Prom 2017 Market Recap

This year I headed down to Atlanta for “World of Prom” at America’s Mart with Mom and Selah.  We took Lizzie and Monica, who have both worked in our prom department for several years.  We were there for a FULL WEEK of prom buying.  Whew. We saw thousands… and thousands… and thousands of prom dresses in the seven days.  We had to narrow it down...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle
08 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle

This is a special one-year anniversary Real Wedding.  Lacey, my childhood best friend, married Kyle August 8, 2015 in a classic church ceremony in Keystone followed by an elegant, fun reception at the DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids. Lacey had heard about her good friend Josephine’s brother Kyle, and even met him once, before sparks flew at a birthday party in December 2011.  Lacey was living...

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20 Jul 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Traci and Kollin

Traci and Kollin might not tell the same story of how they met at a state FBLA competition in high school, but it’s a fun story either way!  Kollin says he “strategically” walked into a room where good-looking girls were hanging out.  Traci says the truth is he walked into their room by accident, thinking it was his own.  “I threw some fruit snacks and...

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5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress
11 Jul 2016

5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress

By Guest Blogger Lacey Hauptman If you’ve ever been a part of a wedding photo shoot, or any photo shoot for that matter, you’d know how difficult it is to get a decent photo that puts your best assets in a good light. You’ll painfully scan through thousands of photos with awkward smiles, critiquing what you see as a bloated tummy, flabby arms, and so...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve
13 Jun 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Sadie and Steve

Sadie and Steve’s April wedding in St. Louis was picture perfect.  We are so honored we were able to help this gorgeous bride find her amazing Stephen Yearick gown.  As her mom wrote us, “The dress stole the show—we had so many people talking about it all night that we clearly knew we had picked the right dress!” Steve and Sadie met in college. “I...

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Buyer Beware: Alivia’s Online Prom Dress Nightmare
17 May 2016

Buyer Beware: Alivia’s Online Prom Dress Nightmare

We see it all too often, a sweet customer stressed and upset because she tried to purchase a dress online.  Sometimes her dress isn’t what she expected.  Sometimes the dress doesn’t fit and there is no way to return it or alter it.  Sometimes it just doesn’t show up at all. Online prom dress shopping is risky business. This is one prom customer’s experience.  We...

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Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection
07 May 2016

Mother’s Day 2016 Reflection

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!  Mothers, grandmothers, those praying to be a mother, those who mother angels, those with fur-babies, all you who mother in any way- happy day to you! Last Mother’s Day I felt Selah move inside me for the first time, and it was magical.  I absolutely LOVE being her mommy and thank God every day for this chance.  I...

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With designer Kitty Chen at Chicago Bridal Market
22 Apr 2016

Designer Spotlight: Kitty Chen

Kitty Chen designs three bridal lines, all offered at Hope’s Bridal:  Kitty Chen, Kitty Chen Couture, and Ivoire by Kitty Chen.  Kitty was born in China, where she developed her artistic skills before moving to the U.S. in 2003.  She began her company in 2004.  Hope’s Bridal was her first account in Iowa a few years later. We love the sexy styles she creates, the...

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